Hawkwind — It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous
(GCDHA 161-2, 1993, CD)
by Anatole Gordon, Published 1994-08-01
The latest incarnation of Hawkwind comprises Dave Brock, Alan Davey, and Richard Chadwick. It Is the Business... takes all but the most open-minded Hawkfan by surprise for one reason: It's so mellow. Someone must have switched their morning brew from lysergic tea to a quaalude blend. It's not until the fourth song, a good twenty minutes into the disc, that the group unleashes a sample of the forcefully intense music that Hawkfans have come to expect from these veterans of a thousand psychic wars. Roughly half of the disc is mellow by Hawkwind standards. Among the more energized songs is a tasty nine-minute piece titled "Let Barking Dogs Lie," in which Brock opens up on guitar. "Tibet Is Not China (Part 2)," "Letting in the Past," and "Gimme Shelter" are the other tracks that have a bit of zip. Two remakes stand out here: "Letting in the Past" is a nice remake of "Looking in the Future," a classic piece on Church of Hawkwind; the version of one of the Stones' hits is also worthwhile. "The Camera That Could Lie" is a first, as Hawkwind meets Bob Marley, musically speaking. This album is reminiscent of the mellow songs on Electric Tepee, the group's previous outstanding offering. Overall, although It Is the Business... is not as intense as Electric Tepee, it is still well worthwhile.
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more